Ben Roethlisberger by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

As a excessive schooler in Findlay, Ohio, Ben Roethlisberger, or tremendous Ben, used to be now not a soccer phenom. actually, he did not turn into a quarterback till his senior 12 months. At Miami college in Ohio, he wore quantity 7 in honor of his favourite quarterback, John Elway - the quantity he nonetheless wears because the beginning quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. in just his 3rd yr within the substantial leagues, Roethlisberger turned the youngest quarterback in heritage to win the tremendous Bowl whilst he led his group to the win over the Seattle Seahawks. This emerging superstar supplies again during the Ben Roethlisberger beginning, which helps police and fireplace departments national.

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3 yards per carry), including an 11-yard touchdown. He also ran a screen pass 48 yards for a total of 209 yards from the line of scrimmage. Like Roethlisberger the year before, Parker entered training camp a few slots down on the depth chart, behind Jerome Bettis, Duce Staley, and Verron Haynes. Injuries to Bettis and Staley, though, gave Parker the chance to play. In the first quarter, the Titans easily drove 61 yards in 11 plays behind quarterback Steve McNair and running back Chris Brown. Tight end Ben Troupe capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown reception.

His biggest adjustment during his six-week role as a fill-in would be getting comfortable as a conventional dropback quarterback. In college, Roethlisberger worked more than 50 percent of his snaps out of a shotgun offense and had his best success throwing on the run. Against the Ravens, because The Best Young Gun Besides Ben Roethlisberger, several young quarterbacks had breakout years in 2004. Roethlisberger, though, edged out Byron Leftwich as the best of these quarterbacks (all first-round draft picks), according to a 2004 poll of three NFL pro personnel directors published in November in the Sporting News.

Also, the defense had improved under new defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who brought back pressure and blitzing. One of those blitzes led to the fumble by Dallas’s Vinny Testaverde and Pittsburgh’s resulting win. It was the fifteenth forced turnover of the season, only 10 fewer than the Steelers had forced in all 16 games of the 2003 season. Still, Roethlisberger’s effect on the team was immediate and dramatic. In 2003, Pittsburgh lost five times by a touchdown or less. Under Roethlisberger, the team rallied two times for fourth-quarter wins.

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